DSU volleyball earns home win over Trojans
After winning just three of 13 matches, all on the road, the Dickinson State volleyball team won its first match at home this season with a sweep of Dakota State on Friday at Scott Gymnasium.
The Blue Hawks won the first set against the Trojans 25-22 and only improved from there.
"It feels really good," head coach Jen Hartman said. "I feel like the team is finally clicking and their chemistry is really meshing well together so it felt nice to get that home win especially when we only have six more home games."
The first set was the closest of the evening with the Trojans matching every Blue Hawk point until the home team took an 18-12 lead. Dakota State threatened late in the set, narrowing a 23-18 score to 24-21, but Dickinson State prevailed. The Blue Hawks won the next two sets with scores of 25-19 and 25-12.
Just as they did in the opening set, the Trojans (4-16, 2-3 NSAA) stayed close with the Blue Hawks (4-9, 1-3 NSAA) in the second, but after Dickinson State took a 19-16 lead, Dakota State only mustered three more points before dropping the set 25-19.
"I just saw a different sort of confidence in this team tonight and I was really proud of their poise and composure," Hartman said. "For once we saw them take control of the game so it really made a huge difference."
On top of confidence, aggression was another standout trait that Hartman was impressed with.
"The high energy and just all around aggressiveness defensively," Hartman said. "We didn't really let any balls hit the ground and we just went for everything and it made a huge impact."
The final set was all Blue Hawks. They got the jump on the Trojans, building their lead until they were ahead 18-8.
Freshman Sage Collins ended the evening with the final kill, one of three for the setter.
"I usually don't get that many kills," Collins said. "Having the last one was pretty exciting."
Collins, the only first-year player in the starting lineup, also had a single dig on the evening.
"We worked a lot this week on blocking and trying to shut them down and we did a really good job of that," Collins said. "Their right side was supposed to be really good but we shut them down so we didn't see that side of them today which was really nice."
Dakota State senior Carly Rozell led the team with six kills and three aces. Junior Kaylee Spreier had three blocks to lead the Trojans, and she added five kills.
Dickinson State junior outside hitter Kylie Hadley led the team with eight digs and put up nine kills, as well. She leads the team with 119 kills on the season.
"It felt good," Hadley said of the win. "It was well deserved and we worked extremely hard for it."
Dickinson State 3, Dakota State 0
DaSU 22 19 12 — 0
DiSU 25 25 25 — 3
Kills: DiSU, Ellie Hanser 10, Kylie Hadley 9, Shelby Gustafson 7, Shyanne Gilcrist 3, Kennedy Hildebrand 3, Sage Collins 3. DaSU, Sami Zell 6, Carly Rozell 6, Kaylee Spreier 5.
Blocks: DiSU, Gustafson 5, Hadley 2, Gilcrist 1, Hildebrand 1. DaSU, Spreier 3, Maddie Polzin 1, Zell 1, Rozell 1.
Aces: DiSU, Alli Hert 3, Gustafson 3, Makenzie Digesualdo 2, Brianna Holland 2. DaSU, Rozell 3.
Digs: DiSU, Shaylee Singleton 8, Hadley 8, Alli Hert 6, Keera Stookey 6, Holland 4, Gustafson 3, Hanser 3, Gilcrist 2, Sarah Dobitz 1, Jade Derby 1, Collins 1. DaSU, Bailee Steffensen 5, Alwaise Villa 5, Jaz Williams 4.
Assists: DiSU, Holland 16, Stookey 12, Digesualdo 3, Hadley 2, Gilcrist 1. DaSU, Rachel Johnson 14, Kendra Steffan 5.
Records: DiSU 4-9, 1-3 NSAA, DaSU 4-16, 2-3 NSAA